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Nutanix Announces Intent to Acquire Frame to Deliver DaaS from Multiple Clouds

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Nutanix announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mainframe2, Inc. ("Frame"), a leader in cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery. With Frame, Nutanix customers will be able to deliver desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) from multiple clouds, combining the consumer-grade simplicity and web-scale design of cloud applications with the functionality of traditional virtual desktop applications. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

According to Gartner, "by 2019, 50% of new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms." The report goes on to state that, "interest in DaaS has resurfaced as a hot topic with midsize organizations that have progressed and matured their cloud strategies." (Gartner, Inc., When Midsize Organizations Should Select Desktop as a Service, Nathan Hill, Refreshed: July 19, 2018 | Published: 31 January 2017) Taking advantage of Frame's cloud-native architecture, Nutanix will extend the service to Xi Cloud and Google Cloud Platform, while continuing support for popular third-party clouds like AWS and Azure. This will provide customers with a genuine multi-cloud deployment model, consistent with Nutanix's philosophy of customer choice.

HYCU Introduces Purpose-built Data Protection for Google Cloud Platform

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HYCU, Inc., a pioneering enterprise software company specializing in data backup, recovery and monitoring for next-generation Enterprise Clouds, today announced its latest innovation, HYCU for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), a fully managed backup as a service for customers running their mission critical applications and virtual machines (VMs) on Google Cloud. Now Google Cloud users and service providers looking for an easy-to-adopt Backup as a Service, can subscribe to HYCU for GCP right from the GCP Marketplace.

"Building on the strategic technology development work we have done with Nutanix, our latest introduction provides a purpose-built data protection solution for Google Cloud users that need a powerful yet easy to use managed service," said Simon Taylor, CEO at HYCU. "With HYCU for Google Cloud Platform, we're introducing a cost-effective and purpose-built solution. No longer do users have to settle for legacy backup solutions that do not provide exactly what they need. Now, they can reap the full benefits of Google Cloud without having to sacrifice simplicity or the power of the platform."

HYCU is a fully managed data protection service for GCP. Google Cloud users gain the following benefits:

Dynatrace announces Software Intelligence support for Google Cloud Platform

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Software intelligence company, Dynatrace, today announced at Google Cloud Next 2018, automated support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) environments. With this announcement, operations teams can extend the scope of the Dynatrace platform to workloads in Google Cloud, eliminating manual and siloed monitoring of independent Kubernetes clusters, and enabling automatic AI-assisted answers to performance problems across GCP workloads.

"Historically, due to the complexity of enterprise cloud environments, monitoring solutions for GCP have operated in siloes, focusing only on Kubernetes clusters or workloads independently. This has rendered organizations unable to understand how performance problems within one application or container may be impacting the performance of others. As a result, enterprises can easily overlook performance issues that put the software performance at risk," said Alois Reitbauer, VP, Chief Technology Strategist, Dynatrace.

Symantec Introduces Cloud Workload Protection Suite; Automates Visibility & Security for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform

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Symantec Corp. has announced new additions to Symantec Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) Suite, adding multilayered anti-malware scanning for workloads, protecting both compute and storage.

The demand for greater business agility has led many organizations to adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure often combining on-premises, public and private clouds. However, traditional on-premises security tools do not have the cloud-native integrations required to protect and scale with workloads and storage in these dynamic environments. Symantec CWP and CWP for Storage include multilayered anti-malware protection powered by industry-leading Symantec Endpoint Security (SEP) technologies to help discover and mitigate viruses and threats. CWP helps automatically discover, visualize and protect workloads across heterogeneous hybrid cloud data center environments using a single agent, single console solution. The solution supports physical on-premises servers, virtualized private clouds, and public cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

DataStax Launches Commercial Kubernetes Application to Google Cloud Platform Marketplace Users

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DataStax today announced it will offer approved Docker DataStax Enterprise (DSE) containers on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for Google Cloud Platform Marketplace (GCP Marketplace) users. The new offering will give customers the ability to easily integrate DSE with native Google Cloud services like Compute Engine or Cloud Storage, with no manual configuration required.

GCP Marketplace is based on a multi-cloud and hybrid-first philosophy, focused on giving Google Cloud partners and enterprise customers flexibility without lock-in. It also helps customers innovate by easily adopting new technologies from ISV partners, such as commercial Kubernetes applications, and allows companies to oversee the full lifecycle of a solution, from discovery through management.

Five9 Announces New Integration With Google Cloud Contact Center AI - Provide Businesses the Ability to Improve Customer Service

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Five9, Inc., a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, today announced an integration with Google Cloud's new Contact Center AI, a solution that combines multiple AI products to improve the customer service experience, as well as the productivity of contact centers.

Google Contact Center AI is a simple, secure, and flexible solution that allows enterprises with limited machine learning expertise to deploy AI in their contact centers. The solution integrates with Five9 making customer integration of AI into their systems easy.

Key features of Five9's integration with Google Contact Center AI include:

VMware and Google Preview a New Plugin Unlocking More Hybrid Cloud Scenarios

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VMware and Google have announced a preview of a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) plugin for VMware vRealize Orchestrator, and support for GCP resources in VMware vRealize Automation.

The vRealize Orchestrator is used to automate other VMware products like the vSphere virtualization platform and the vCloud suite.  This new GCP plugin for vRealize Orchestrator is said to provide customers with a consistent management and governance experience across on-premises and GCP-based IT environments.  As an example, Google and VMware said a user would be able to use Google-provided blueprints (or build their own blueprints for Google Compute Engine resources) and publish them to the vRealize service catalog.  This means a user could select and launch resources in a predictable manner that would be similar to how they would launch VMs in their on-premises VMware environment, using a tool with which they are already familiar.  

Cohesity DataPlatform Cloud Edition Now Available on Google Cloud Platform to Drive Enterprise-Grade Data Backup and Protection

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Cohesity, a leader of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced that Cohesity DataPlatform Cloud Edition is now available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), providing a new, cutting-edge enterprise-grade solution for backup and recovery of applications that use Google Compute Engine. As a result, Cohesity now offers data backup and protection for a wide array of public clouds, empowering enterprise customers with an incredibly efficient and easy-to-manage solution for secondary data workloads across multi-cloud architectures.

Cohesity DataPlatform Cloud Edition on the Google Cloud Platform delivers web-scale platform attributes such as unlimited scalability and resiliency for backing up applications running on Google Cloud Platform. The integrated solution provides enterprise-grade backup of applications that use Google Compute Engine (GCE), the infrastructure-as-a-service component of GCP, addressing a growing market demand.

Arista Any Cloud Extends to Google Cloud Platform

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Arista Networks today announced its Any Cloud hybrid cloud networking platform, which reduces operational costs and complexity for enterprises migrating workloads to the public cloud from their on-premises datacenters, is now available on Google Cloud Platform. The new virtualized offering, Arista vEOS Router combined with CloudVision with Cloud Tracer functionality, provides consistent operations, orchestration, security, and telemetry across multi-cloud environments. 

"We are proud to be participating in the Google Cloud Partner Program and the ecosystem of Google technology partners that are helping to expand the cloud platform globally," said Manuel Rivelo, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. "The combined solution of Arista Any Cloud and the Google Cloud Platform will deliver new capabilities and value to our hybrid and public cloud customers."

Cloudability Announces Support for Google Cloud Platform

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Cloudability announced it is now supporting Google Cloud Platform (GCP) on the company's True Cost cloud management platform. Businesses and enterprises using Cloudability now have full visibility into their GCP spend, giving them even more power to fully visualize their costs, manage budgets and drive cost savings. This offering is a result of customers asking Cloudability to deliver a single, integrated and normalized view for spend and utilization on the three major public clouds - GCP, AWS and Azure, providing actionable cost insights to organizations with multi-cloud environments.

"As an enterprise team focused on building reliable, effective products on top of public clouds, it was imperative for the USA TODAY NETWORK to have a technology partner that could help us manage costs and optimize resources," said Franklin Hanson, Director of Platform Engineering at USA TODAY NETWORK. "By leveraging Cloudability's public cloud expertise and support for our Google Cloud environment, our team is able to focus on the platform itself, while still maximizing the value of our public cloud provider."